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Ashley Metcalfe

Syrinx ZA Chief Executive Ashley Metcalfe is responsible for marketing and business development. Ashley is as passionate about cricket as he is skin care. Drop Ashley a line if you have any skin related questions. Why not Circle Ashley Metcalfe on Google+

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Animal Testing

Image depicting No Animal TestingThere has been a great deal chatter on social media lately regarding animal testing with some major brands admitting that they do test products on animals. We have also been asked if we use animals during our product testing procedures.

This post is to assure our customers and prospects that Syrinx Za has never and continues not to test our products on animals. We test all of our products on willing humans, and we always will.

No Chemicals and No Testing on Animals.

They call us the natural skin care company for good reason as we only use ingredients found naturally in nature and we only use sustainable ingredients so we are not robbing our planet of its natural resources.

Syrinx Za management takes it responsibility to the environment, nature and humanity very seriously and we welcome any questions you may have about our products or our manufacturing methods. Please post any questions below this post and we will be happy to discuss them with you.


Global Handwashing Day

Image of Global Hand Washing DayRaising awareness of the Global Handwashing day 2012
What a great initiative Global Hand Washing Day is. It’s not until something is brought to your attention that it really brings the message home. I am a habitual handwasher, handwashing was drummed in to me from an early age now I know why!

Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar 20% Discount

We are supporting Global Handwashing Day with a 20% discount off our best selling Soap, the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar. Read more abut the special properties of our soap here and use discount code GHWD2012 in the shopping cart.

Watch the Informative Handwashing Day Video

The team at the Global Handwashing Day produced the short video below which brings home the need to wash your hands frequently to avoid passing on bacteria and desieses which you may have collected from a third party or surface you touch.

I’ll look at the shared bowl of peanuts or crisps on the bar in a different light in future!

Some nasty hand-borne disease facts:

  • 23% of Commuters have faecal bacterial on their hands
  • Government statistics indicate that 25% of foodborne illness is due to improper handwashing

Washing your hands with soap is one of the most practical and effective ways to prevent diarrhoeal diseases. Washing our hands is something we do habitually but it’s not always easy when we are out and about.

Global Handwashing Day Website

Please visit the Global Handwashing Day Website for more information:


Allergic Skin | Q & A | Allergic Skin Treatment and Care

Image of Soap for Allergic SkinWhat is allergic skin?
Allergic skin comes up in a red rash, blisters or weals that feel itchy or burning. Often, it’s the arms, legs, neck or chest that are most affected.

Here is an example of how Mick Say uses Syrinx Za Products to treat his skin allergy to Dogs and extremes in environmental conditions.

What causes allergic skin?

The most common causes for allergic skin are plants such as poison ivy, as well as harsh soaps and chemical detergents. However, some skin allergies can be triggered by central heating, wet weather, fumes, dairy products, dust mites, and nickel as used in watches and jewellery.

Who gets allergic skin?

Anyone can get a skin allergy at any time, especially those who already have dry or sensitive skin.

What are the symptoms of allergic skin?

Symptoms include:

  • Contact dermatitis with large burning itchy patches that take days to fade. There are three types:
    * irritant (results from exposure to irritants)
    * allergic (results from exposure to allergens)
    * phototoxic (either of the above, activated by sunlight)
  • Urticaria (known as ‘hives’ in the US) where a bumpy rash appears and fades in minutes or hours
Can allergic skin be cured?

As well as using natural products to protect and heal allergic skin, there are various things you can do:

  • Have an allergy test to identify the irritant
  • Do what you can to avoid the irritant
  • Use a mild or pH neutral soap
  • Turn down the radiators
  • Vacuum carpets and upholstery frequently
  • Change bedding often
  • Only wear precious metals
  • Cut out dairy products
Can allergic skin be treated?

Here’s some common advice for allergic skin treatments:

  • Immediately wash with water and apply lemon juice or vinegar
  • Apply calomine lotion or take antihistamine, hydrocortisone or zinc
  • Use an emollient (although some creams make allergic skin worse, by sealing toxins and chemicals into the skin)

On the other hand, you can try our alternative treatment for allergic skin – it’s 100% natural and clinically proven to be non-irritant.

Natural treatment for allergic skin

Our products are enriched with a natural cleansing agent we call Zander. It’s an ancient sediment that has the ability to draw impurities out of the skin. Here’s what to do:

  1. Make a lather with our Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar and rub it firmly into the affected area, without rinsing
  2. Moisturise with our Ultra-sensitive Therapy Cream, letting it dry naturally

Follow this treatment plan every morning and night, and you’ll find your skin is soothed within two weeks.

If you suffer from allergic skin, please give it a try and then update us in the comments below.

Read more about our allergic skin treatments


Acne | Q & A | Acne Treatment and Care

Best Acne TreatmentWhat is Acne?
Acne is a common skin disorder that can affect the face, chest and back.

What are the symptoms of Acne?

Acne includes cases of inflammation, scaly areas, pimples, spots, blackheads and boils. Severe cases of acne can last for prolonged periods and often result in scarring. It’s an unfortunate condition that can affect people psychologically. Luckily, we have a solution.

Who gets Acne?

Acne is most common in adolescence and can affect both males and females. The condition usually disappears as hormones settle over time, but it can last well into the twenties and sometimes beyond.

What causes Acne?

Acne appears due to an increase in testosterone during puberty that causes blocked follicles or pores, which leads to a build-up of sweat and subsequent bacteria. Hormonal changes in puberty and the menstrual cycle can mean that glands grow larger and produce more sebum. In other words, skin is oilier and more prone to break out in acne.

Can Acne be cured?

There is no absolute cure for acne, but there are a variety of treatments that help to reduce its affects and clear the skin. For example, you can try our 100% natural treatment that can achieve results in just two weeks.

Can Acne be treated?

Our chemical-free treatment regime tackles acne in three key ways: by removing the toxins and bacteria; by moisturising and hydrating the skin; and by soothing the irritation.

Natural treatment for Acne

Simply wash with our Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar twice daily, letting the rich lather soak in rather than rinsing it off. Free from steroids and other nasty additives, the bar has antiseptic qualities and is proven to relieve skin conditions thanks to a powerful mineral called Zander – a therapeutic mud that has been used to treat skin conditions for thousands of years!

Please give it a try and tell us how you get on in the comments below.

Dry Skin | Q & A | Dry Skin Treatment and Care

What is dry skin?
Dry skin is fairly common, but it can progress to a serious condition that causes inflammation and discomfort. Severe dry skin like this would be considered a type of eczema.

Who gets dry skin?

Anyone can experience dry skin at any time, while older people often get it as their skin produces less oil, especially on the lower legs, arms, flanks (sides of the abdomen) and thighs.

What causes dry skin?

There are a number of causes for dry skin. Here are just a few:

  1. You may find your skin is drier during the winter months. This is because skin loses moisture when there is lower humidity due to cold air outside and heated air inside
  2. Being in an air conditioned environment
  3. Bathing too frequently, especially if you use harsher soaps and beauty products

What are the symptoms of dry skin?

If you have dry skin, these are some of the symptoms you may notice:

  • Itchy patches of skin without any visible rash
  • Skin that is prone to flaking or peeling, even after a layer has already worn off
  • A burning sensation
  • Skin that appears white and dusty or red and exposed
  • Open cuts or sores from scratching and inflammation
Can dry skin be cured?

There is no long-term cure for dry skin. If you are affected, you’ll find it often reappears, especially when your skin is exposed to indoor heating or air conditioning.

Can dry skin be treated?

Yes, there are a number of ways to treat dry skin. Doctors will prescribe harsh steroid creams with their associated side-effects, but we suggest you choose a treatment that doesn’t involve steroids or chemicals.

Natural treatment for dry skin

Here’s a chemical-free treatment for dry skin:

1. Wash with our Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar, letting the lather soak in overnight to replenish and nourish dry skin
2. Apply our Ultra-sensitive Therapy Cream to soothe inflamed areas and provide 24-hour hydration
3. Use our Moisturising Therapy Balm which is particularly effective on areas of very dry skin, such as hands, heels and chapped lips.

Our natural products reduce itching, cracks and sores and help dry skin to become softer and smoother within just a couple of weeks – with no steroids or risk of irritation.

If you suffer from dry skin, why not give this regime a try, and share your progress in the comments below.

You can read more about our dry skin treatment or perhaps contact us if you have any questions about dry skin or any other skin issue you may have.


Psoriasis | Q & A | Psoriasis Treatment and Care

What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin condition that particularly affects the elbows, knees, scalp and lower back. It ranges from sore and itchy red patches to cracked and bleeding skin, especially around joints.

Find out more about our Natural Treatment for Psoriasis


What are the common symptoms of psoriasis?

Here are the most common types of psoriasis:

  • If your skin has raised red patches with silvery white scales, that’s called ‘plaque psoriasis’ (this is the most common form)
  • If psoriasis covers large areas of the skin with pink spots or blotches, it may be ‘guttate psoriasis’
  • If the psoriasis affects your groin, folds of skin, armpits and the backs of your legs, it’s likely to be ‘inverse psoriasis’
  • If you experience white blisters surrounded by red skin that’s extremely itchy, you might have ‘pustular psoriasis’
  • If you have widespread reddening of the skin, it’s probably ‘erythrodermic psoriasis’

What causes psoriasis?

Psoriasis is caused when skin cells mature too quickly. The process should take around 28 days, but in people with psoriasis, it can take only three or four days. That means the new cells arrive at the surface still surrounded by their intercellular glue.

Initial triggers for psoriasis appear to be related to stress, skin injury and streptococcal throat infection. The condition often flares up when the season changes.

Who gets psoriasis?

The cause is not known, but if one or both parents have psoriasis, it’s more likely that you will have it too. It’s important to note that psoriasis is not infectious; sharing this knowledge helps reassure people around you.

Can psoriasis be cured or treated?

In a survey, 71% of sufferers reported that psoriasis gave them a ‘significant’ problem’ in daily life, with 63% saying it made them feel self-consciousness and 58% experiencing embarrassment about it. Source: National Psoriasis Foundation 2008 as quoted on Wikipedia

With that in mind, it’s most unfortunate that there’s no cure. However, there is a treatment.

What is the best treatment for psoriasis?

Dry skin tends to erupt more often, so the best cure for psoriasis is to moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. We recommend the following 100% natural treatment that gives no risk of irritation.

Recommended psoriasis skin care regime:
1. Wash with our Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar every morning and night. Just let the lather absorb; don’t rinse it off.
2. Apply our Ultra Sensitive Therapy Cream after bathing or showering and at intervals throughout the day.

This treatment regime results in 24-hour hydration and noticeable results within two weeks. We urge you to give it a try and use the comments section below to let us know how you get on.

Find out more about our Natural Treatment for Psoriasis

Warts | Q & A | Warts Treatment and Care

What are warts?
Warts are small, rough lumps, the same colour as the skin, that usually grow on the hands and feet but can be anywhere on the body. Some warts last for a few years; others last for a few months.


What are the different types of warts?

Here’s a quick guide to identifying the type of wart you may have:

  • If you have a firm growth with a raised surface on your hand, elbow or knee, that’ll be a ‘common wart’
  • If you see some small, smooth bumps in clusters on the hands, legs or face, those are ‘flat’ or ‘plane warts’ (most common in children)
  • If you notice small growths gathered on the back of the hand, they are ‘mosaic warts’
  • If you experience a hard painful lump on a pressure point of your foot, it’s most probably a ‘plantar wart’

Note that ‘true’ warts are not to be confused with keratosis warts, moles, verrucas (white ‘warts’ on the sole of your foot), or skin tags.

What causes warts?

Warts are spread by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Don’t worry, it’s non-cancerous and no relation to HIV. You can catch warts if the virus enters your bloodstream though broken skin.

Can warts be cured or treated?

Warts are usually harmless but can be unsightly, so you may be looking for a cure.

What is the best cure for warts?

If you have a wart or warts, and are looking for a cure, there are many products available over the counter. Some of those contain chemicals and other ingredients which can irritate sensitive skin so we suggest you try our natural treatment for warts, which may take a little longer to get the job done, but with all natural ingredients they’ll leave the rest of your skin feeling deeply cleansed and refreshed.

Recommended skin care regime for warts

All our products are 100% natural and clinically proven to have no risk of an adverse reaction. Unlike chemical wart remedies, you can use this regime to treat facial warts as well as those on hands and feet:

1. Use our Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar every morning and night. The ingredients include Zander, which has the ability to ‘hook’ toxins out of your skin and feed the immune system. First, wash with the bar as you would with a normal soap. Then apply it again, rubbing the lather into the wart for at least 30 seconds. This time, just let the lather absorb; don’t rinse it off.

2. Moisturise with our Moisturising Therapy Balm to help replenish and protect the skin.

You should start to see results within only two weeks, however, we estimate it will take 4-8 weeks to completely remove a wart, depending on its size. Go on, give it a try! Then revisit this website to leave your feedback below…

Find out more about our natural way to remove warts


Eczema | Q & A | Eczema Treatment and Care

What is eczema?
Eczema is a common skin condition that particularly affects the inner knees and elbows, face, neck and chest. Skin with eczema may be dry, red, thickened, cracked, itchy or even broken.

Caroline Le Brun suffered with eczema on her hands for over 40 years. She tried our regime, and said: “The skin…began to generate and heal before my very eyes! I am total convinced of its healing properties and will strongly recommend it to anyone with this problem.”

What are the common symptoms of eczema?

How to tell what type of eczema you have:

  • If your skin is dry or itchy in patches, it may be ‘atopic eczema’
  • If your eczema seems to be caused by detergents or cleaning products, that’s ‘irritant contact eczema’
  • If your eczema reacts to substances such as perfumes, hair dye or nickel, then it’s ‘allergic contact eczema’
  • If your eczema reacts to yeast and is focused around your scalp, nose and eyebrows, it’s likely to be ‘seborrhoeic eczema’
  • If you’re older and your eczema affects your lower legs and ankles, it’s called ‘varicose eczema’
  • If you get disc-shaped patches of eczema, it’s ‘discoid eczema’ (this type is less common in babies)

What causes eczema?

Eczema usually flares up as a reaction to something, such as contact with a certain fabric, chemical or other irritant. As with many conditions, stress, hormones and food intolerances also play a part.

Who gets eczema?

Eczema can affect adults, children and babies.

Can eczema be cured or treated?

As yet, sadly, there’s no cure for eczema. Science will find a way, hopefully in the near future, but until then we are here to help ease the discomfort of eczema.

What is the best cure for eczema?

As stated there is no cure for eczema yet, however eczema sufferers should avoid any treatment that contains chemicals, as that may cause the condition to flare up. Our eczema skin care regime is 100% natural, with no chemicals that may cause an adverse reaction. Read on for full details…

Recommended eczema skin care regime

1. Wash morning and night with our Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar. Don’t rinse off the lather, just let it soak in. (We suggest you use pre-boiled water if you live in a hard water area.)

2. Gently apply our Natural Natural Emollient Cream for Eczema

3. For extra protection outdoors, use our Moisturising Therapy Balm

Caroline Le Brun suffered with eczema on her hands for over 40 years. She tried our regime, and said: “The skin…began to generate and heal before my very eyes! I am total convinced of its healing properties and will strongly recommend it to anyone with this problem.”

Take a tip from Caroline, and give our eczema treatment a try. Then let us know how you got on by adding a comment below. Find out more about our natural treatment for eczema


Eczema Treatment Which Reduces Redness, Inflammation and Itching.

eczema treatmentScience has advanced somewhat since the industrial revolution and everything is better today than it was back in the days of coal and steam. Experimentation allows us to blend and perfect formulas helping us to identify what works best with particular skin issues allowing us to create an effective eczema treatment.

This week is National Eczema Week 2012 and we are proud to offer an eczema treatment to sufferers in the shape of two effective eczema treatment engineered to keeping eczema under control.

Use discount code ECZEMA2012 to get 20% discount on our eczema treatment during National Eczema Week.

Read More about or buy our Soap for Eczema | Read more about or buy our Emollient for Eczema


Clinically Tested Natural Eczema Treatment

Behind the Syrinx Za brand is a mission to create a natural eczema treatment and a meaningful range of natural skincare products, offering a fresh approach to skin health.

Traditionally many emollients which are used in eczema treatments actually seal and lock heavy metals in to the skin; we have scientific evidence that shows that Zander which is our prime eczema treatment ingredients actually removes heavy metals and toxins from the skin leaving skin deeply cleansed and able to improve sensitive skin issues such as eczema.

All of our products undergo stringent independent clinical testing to show that they are suitable for all skin types and all ages. During recent tests on volunteers suffering from eczema and cracked skin issues we received positive results where 8 out of 10 people tested showed considerable improvement over a 14 day period.

Those improvements were particularly in the area of itchiness, redness and inflammation which calmed during the 14 day test period.

No Side-Effects

Because we only use natural ingredients there are no side-effects in our eczema treatment and we have the added benefit of two products for treating eczema which compliment each other perfectly.

The Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar for daily cleansing is great as a stand-alone eczema treatment because it is loaded with Zander and it deeply cleanses sensitive skin with no additives which could cause an Eczema flare-up.

The second product is the Natural Emollient Eczema Cream which is a clinically proven eczema treatment.

If you would like to try either of our eczema treatments during Natural Eczema Week you can use the 20% discount code ECZEMA2012.

Does Eczema run in your family?

If eczema runs in your family both young an old can use our eczema treatment from babies to grandparents male and female. No need to purchase separate products you can use them with confidence to help treat the symphonists and discomfort of eczema and if you have any questions please contact us and we’ll try to answer your questions.

Read More about our Soap for Eczema | Read more about our Emollient for Eczema


Best soap for men: When is a bar of soap not a bar of soap?

Best Soap for MenWhen it’s a Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar!
BIC hit the headlines recently with their pink and purple ‘For her’ range of pens, ‘designed to fit comfortably in a woman’s hand’. Hundreds of women wrote spoof reviews on a major online store, such as how happy they are to be able to draw fairies and unicorns at last! Meanwhile, the men complained that the pens were too delicate for their bulky hands. The reviews went viral, news publications reported on the phenomenon, and sales seem to be up (when we checked, the pens were in the top-selling office products).

Tempting though it is to claim our Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar gives men special powers, the truth is compelling enough. It’s the best natural soap you can buy!

Best soap for men

Let’s be honest. Men may have even more need to deal with rough, dry skin than women, but they don’t have so many skincare products to choose from. So, which is the best?

We recommend our handmade soap that’s specially designed for dry skin. Note that it’s in the form of a manly, disc-shaped block with no fancy fragrance or artificial colours (so it won’t look too girly in your bathroom).

Here’s the science bit

Our dry skin soap is handmade from natural oils, waxes and Zander – a unique ingredient that detoxifies and heals the skin.

The bar is deeply moisturising, because – being cold processed – it retains all the glycerine that’s extracted from other soaps during manufacture, even so-called dry skin soaps.

Being 100% natural, there’s no risk of irritation. It’s free of chemicals, parabens and steroids, and it’s not tested on animals.

We think it’s the best natural soap you can buy. In fact, it’s so effective at cleansing and curing skin conditions that you might have to let the women and children in your life use it too.

Here’s what two guys said about our best natural soap

“I’ve been using the deep cleansing therapy bar for a few weeks now. Makes your skin feel really soft and refreshed, not dry at all.”
Darren Robertson

“I have found the Therapy Bar produces an ideal shaving lather. I have a bar in an old shaving bowl and using a shaving brush a wonderrful full lather is produced. This provides an ideal medium for shaving and leaves the skin feeling clean and refreshed. No more gels or aerosol foams for me”.
John Carter

They are are real reviews. But back to the subject of spoofs, you might enjoy the reviews of a certain hair removal product for men (warning – they contain rude words!). You’ll find them on the same online store as the BIC ‘For Her’ pens.

Find out more about the best soap for men

And please do leave your feedback about our best soap for men in the comments below.